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Sir Walter Hotel, Raleigh, October 5, 1972, 7 p.m. 

Welcome '^i^iam D. Snider 

Presentation of Awards Governor Robert W. Scott 

Following dinner, Governor and Mrs. Scott 
/ill receive at the North Carolina Museum of Art 



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The NORTH CAROLINA AWARD, a round medallion of four- 
teen karat gold, is duplicated on the front and back of this program 


William D. Snider, Greensboro, Chairman 
Henry Belk, Goldsboro Dean W. Colvard, Charlotte 

Gordon Cleveland, Chapel Hill Susie Sharp, Raleigh 

Sidney Alderman Blackmer 

receives a North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts for his notable career over half a 
century as an actor in the theater, motion pictures and television. Born in Salisbury 
on July 13, 1895, and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 
he served in World War I as a lieutenant in the Field Artillery Corps. His name 
first went up on the lights of Broadway in 1919 as a star in Thirty-Nine East after 
having made his New York debut with Richard Bennett in The Morris Dance. He 
later toured the nation with the Ben Greet Shakespearean troupe, playing a score 
of classical roles, followed by a New York engagement with Margaret Wycherly in 
The 13th Chair. His theatrical career reached a high point in 1949-50 when he 
received both the Donaldson Award for best actor of the season and the Antionette 
Perry (Tony) Award for his performance as "Doc" in Come Back, Little Sheba. He 
has appeared in over 200 motion pictures. His performance as Teddy Roosevelt in 
Teddy, the Rough Rider won an Oscar for Warner Brothers. A pioneer in television, 
he has appeared on all the major networks. He has starred in all the country's major 
summer theaters and has been producer, director and star of his own summer 
theater at Hinsdale, Illinois. He has been honored by positions of trust on the 
governing bodies of the Actor's Equity Association and the American Federation of 
Radio and Television Artists as well as in numerous civic and state organizations, 
enriching the lives and inspiring the imagination of countless thousands of his 
fellow citizens. He served as chairman of the Advisory Board of the North Carolina 
School of the Arts since its founding and has been an invaluable source of advice 
and encouragement in its development. In 1971, he was awarded the Morrison 
Award for his outstanding contributions to the arts in North Carolina. Always 
devoted to his native state, he long ago returned to live in Salisbury with his wife, 
Suzanne Kaaren, an actress in her own right. Endowed with character and charm, 
erudition and grace, Sidney Blackmer adds luster to his profession and honor to 
his state. 

Edward E, David, ]r. 

receives a North Carolina Award in Science for his notable work in advanced 
computing techniques, especially in the area of underwater sound, sound localiza- 
tion and speech processing. He is an authority on microwave techniques, acoustics, 
communications theory and technology, psychophysics and auditory theory. Born 
in Wilmington in 1925, he received a BS degree from Georgia Institute of Tech- 
nology and the SM and ScD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served 
with the U. S. Navy during World War II. Upon receiving his doctorate in 1950, 
he joined Bell Laboratories where he worked in underwater sound and communi- 
cations acoustics. Since 1970, Dr. David has served as science advisor to the Presi- 
dent of the United States and director of the U. S. Office of Science and Tech- 
nology. Although he has spent his life as a practical scientist, Dr. David has made 
a special contribution to the education of the young. He is the originator of "The 
Man-Made World," a new course for high school students about the principles 
behind technology. He developed the course to provide "technical literacy" 
for the general student. It is currently being taught in about 200 progressive high 
schools in the United States. Dr. David is author of many technical articles on 
communication theory, speech hearing, speech recognition and processing, 
vocoders and computing. He is co-author of two iinportant books, Man's World 
of Wound and Waves and the Ear. He is a member of many professional organi- 
zations and societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and 
the National Academy of Sciences. North Carolina proudly recognizes the achieve- 
ments of one of its native sons who has achieved a distinguished career in the na- 
tional and international world of science. 

John Ehle 

receives a North Carolina Award in Literahire for his distinguished career as a 
novehst, especially for his series of books tracing the history of North Carolina from 
the early pioneer days, The Land Breakers, through the Civil War, Time of Drums, 
to the sage of the 1920's Lion on the Hearth. Bom in Asheville in 1925, Mr. Ehle 
was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught 
there for ten years. In 1963 he became a special assistant to Governor Terry 
Sanford. In that post he served as instigator of innovative ideas in education and 
culture. His far-sighted influence has been manifested in his work for the Ford 
Foundation, the National Council on the Humanities, the U. S. Commission for 
UNESCO, the Governor's School and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Three 
of his novels, The Land Breakers (1964), The Boad (1967) and Time of Drums 
(1971), won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. An illuminating work of non- 
fiction about the civil rights movement in North Carolina, The Free Men (1965), 
won the Mayflower Award. His novels incisively capture the mood and atmosphere 
of his native state, never parochially but always with keen judgment and an aware- 
ness of the drama in work-a-day lives. Reviewers note "the energy, the tenderness, 
the reality" of his work and observe that "he writes without frills or frippery, por- 
traying, in a strong, masculine style, not the glories of the day but the hardships." In 
all his work John Ehle celebrates the dignity of the human being, the triumphant 
survival of man and the significance of personal freedom. 

William Dallas Herring 

receives a North Carolina Award for distinguished service in public education. A 
native of Rose Hill, cum laude graduate of Davidson College, he first won dis- 
tinction as one of the nation's youngest mayors at the age of 23. Beginning his 
career on the Duplin County Board of Education, he rapidly moved into varied 
public education endeavors capped by his selection as chainnan of the North 
Carolina Board of Education in 1957, a post he has held for the last 15 years under 
four Governors of North Carolina. Described by former Gov. Terry Sanford as 
"North Carolina's greatest spokesman for education in the 20th century," he has 
worked unselfishly and modestly in broad areas. He led the campaign to initiate 
the North Carolina Curriculum Study program which involved the work of 30,000 
people across the state. Persistently and effectively over the years he fought for 
reduction in classroom size, school consolidation, uninterrupted class activities, 
fair salary increases, equal opportunities for teachers and students, extension of the 
school term and paraprofessional aides in the classroom. He led the campaign 
to establish community colleges and technical institutes. He was in the vanguard 
of the movement to operate 54 pilot public kindergartens. In 1964 following pas- 
sage of the Economic Opportunity Act, he led the way in seeing that Title II-B, 
the adult basic education program, was administered through North Carolina's 
community college system. For nine years he served on the State Board of Higher 
Education and in numerous important advisory posts. The recipient of three hono- 
rary degrees, Dallas Herring has devoted his life to public education. North Caro- 
lina teachers and children have no finer patron and friend. 

Harold Hotelling 

receives a North Carolina Award in Science for his internationally renowned work 
in the mathematical theory of economics and for his development of new pro- 
cedures in statistical analysis. A native of Minnesota, graduate of the University of 
Washington, he came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 
Columbia University 25 years ago. He was attracted to North Carolina by Dr. 
Gertrude Cox's master plan to build here a center of excellence for teaching and 
research. Its purpose was to study the theory and application of methods for draw- 
ing scientific conclusions from situations governed by nature's random behavior. 
To the success of this plan Dr. Hotelling contributed brilliantly, building a disting- 
uished department of mathematical statistics in the University at Chapel Hill. He 
also directed its collaboration with statistical scientists in other areas of the uni- 
versity—those in Chapel Hill applying theory to practice in medicine and public 
health and those in Raleigh constructing new methods for use in industry and 
agriculture. In addition, Dr. Hotelling has applied his work in fields ranging from 
journalism and political science to population and food supply. His many papers 
published in several languages are widely read by students and research workers. 
His consultation has been sought by universities, corporations and government 
agencies here and abroad. His influence in his profession has made a large contri- 
bution to the scientific stature of the State of North Carolina. Dr. Hotelling's 
leadership has been recognized by many scientific societies, of which he is a mem- 
ber, and ultimately by his election to the National Academy of Sciences. Typical 
of the esteem in which he is held among his peers was a tribute paid him by Dr. 
Paul A. Samuelson in his 1970 Nobel Prize Lecture: "Economics, like physics, 
has its heroes and the letter H that I used in my mathematical equations was not 
there to honor Sir William Hamilton, but rather Harold Hotelling." 

The General Assembly of 1961 established the North Carolina Awards Com- 
mission to "make annual awards for notable accomplishments by North Carolina 
citizens in the fields of scholarship, research, the fine arts and public leadership. " 
The Commission, appointed by the Governor, selects subcommittees in the areas 
of Fine Arts, Literature, Public Service and Science. These subcommittees annually 
make nominations recognizing significant "creative achievement." 

Shortly before his death, the distinguished sculptor Paul Manship designed a 
special gold medal known as the North Carolina Award. The Governor presented 
it for the first time to five North Carolinians at a Raleigh dinner in 1964. One side 
of the medal portrays a sculptured concept of the Great Seal of North Carolina. 
On the other is a scroll enclosed in these words: Achievement Is Man's Mark Oi 

The Commission hopes that the high caliber of the recipients of the North 
Carolina Award will give it preeminent distinction and, in the words of the 1961 
statute, "inspire others to emulate" the achievements it honors. 

John N. Couch 
Inglis Fletcher 
John Motley Morehead 
Clarence Poe 
Francis Speight 

Frank P. Graham 
Paul Green 
Gerald W. Johnson 
Hunter Johnson 
Frederick A. Wolf 

Bernice Kelly Harris 
Luther H. Hodges 
A. G. Odell, Jr. 
Oscar K. Rice 

Albert Coates 
Jonathan Daniels 
Carl W. Gottschalk 
Benjamin F. Swalin 

Robert Lee Humber 
Hobson Pittman 
Vermont C. Royster 
Charles Phillips Russell 

Hiram Houston Merritt Stanley G. Stephens 

Kenneth M. Brinkhous 
May Gordon Latham 

Ovid Williams Pierce 
Charles W. Stanford, Jr. 

Philip Handler 
Frances Gray Patton 
Henry C. Pearson 
Terry Sanford 

Guy Owen 
James H. Semans 
Mary Duke Biddle Trent 

Capus Waynick 
James Edwin Webb 




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